Morgan falls to Hoyas 4 Bears finish 103-85 defeat

December 20, 1992|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Staff Writer

LANDOVER -- In a season in which Morgan State has yet to shoot at a friendly basket, the Bears were reminded yesterday of just how rough the road can be.

No. 11 Georgetown went to the foul line for an arm-wearying 60 shots and made 42 of them, both school records, at the Capital Centre.

But the Hoyas (5-0) were extended to the final five minutes before securing a 103-85 victory over Morgan (0-6) in front of 9,752.

It was a game of diminishing returns for the Bears, who won't play a home game for nearly another month. They dressed nine players but finished with four on the floor after five fouled out.

"You have to do what you have to do to make the program go," Morgan coach Michael Holmes said. "We were at a disadvantage with nine players coming into their place.

"It was tough, but it was fun. I wonder, will we get a chance to play them next year?"

, Led by 22-year-old sophomore

Terrance Wright, who scored a career-high 28 points, the Bears cut a 21-point deficit to 11 with 5:07 left. Terry Sellers hit two free throws to make it 89-78.

Morgan's pressing defense forced Georgetown into 19 second-half turnovers -- and 31 for the game -- to fuel the comeback.

But the rally ended there, with five minutes to play. The Bears managed one point -- a foul shot by Wright -- over their next six possessions and fell behind 95-79. They missed three three-point shots and a two-pointer during the critical stretch and got no closer than 14 points after that.

Wright, who spent three years in the Air Force after graduating from Girard College in Philadelphia, scored 16 of his 28 in the second half. When he fouled out with 51 seconds left, Morgan played four-on-five basketball. It wasn't the first time that's happened. The last time was in a loss to St. Joseph's.

"We play every team the same way," Wright said. "We're short-handed most of the time. We start with eight and finish with four."

Morgan went into yesterday's game without three players. Jarrod Smith, a 6-foot-11 center, has been out with a broken bone in his wrist. Guard Obadiah Johnson damaged nerves in his left hand in practice this week, and freshman forward Desi Jackson was out for disciplinary reasons.

Wright helped make up some of it by shooting 10-for-14 with four steals. James White, Morgan's 6-11 senior, scored 17 and took six rebounds playing against Georgetown's 6-10 Othella Harrington. Sellers and Brandon Parker scored 11 each.

Georgetown got 22 points from Harrington and Duane Spencer. Point guard Joey Brown had 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals in a tireless 40-minute stint.

The Hoyas were playing a man short, too. They lost freshman guard Eric Micoud with a dislocated right shoulder in practice last week. He's expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Without Micoud out, Georgetown coach John Thompson said he'll probably move 6-10 Spencer to shooting guard to help the Hoyas protect the ball better.

"Duane's one of the few people who can handle the kind of pressure they gave us," Thompson said.

"Morgan State was very scrappy. We knew that; we figured that. The game in the second half played the way I thought it would in the first half, not having played in a week."

The Bears shot 39 percent from the field and hit 18 of 29 free throws. The disparity in foul shots is something they've faced all season, Holmes said.

"It's rough on the road," he said. "Every team we play is shooting 40 free throws. I don't know what permeates those kind of calls. . . . They seem to watch us more, and we seem to make a mistake."

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